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Ahead of the game | Boxing Day bash with Rangers

A look ahead to our last home outing of the decade

26 December 2019

It’s our last home fixture of 2019 – of the decade, no less. Queens Park Rangers visit on Boxing Day for a 7.30pm kick-off, which come the final whistle will mark the midpoint of our league season.

It wasn’t so long ago that we met Rangers in West London – 2-2 it ended that evening as George Pușcaș and Sam Baldock each got on the scoresheet for the Royals.

We had back-to-back wins in RG2 against Millwall and Luton Town last month under Mark Bowen’s stewardship; now we’re to do the same again by building on Saturday’s win against Derby County.

Travel & transport

Club partners Casumo have ensured that the football buses will be running on Boxing Day – an incredible gesture which takes the stress out of getting to the game.

Click the button below for more information about the services, routes and timetables.

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And Costco, based just around the corner from Madejski Stadium in Green Park, have made 700 spaces available for this game.

There is a charge to park there, which will go towards Costco’s fundraising for BBC Children in Need this year. Click the button below for further info.

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Parking can also be purchased on-site at Madejski Stadium when you arrive, available on a first-come first-served basis at the cost of £10. There are also other options off site for our fans including buses and Park & Ride.

Please note that contactless payments are now being accepted for matchday parking at Madejski Stadium and the Old Greyhound Stadium. For details on your full range of travel options, head here.



Season Ticket holders can get Mates Rates for two friends or family members – getting additional tickets for £10 Adults or £5 Concessions.

For full ticket information, including prices and how you can buy online, head here.

You can also visit our Fanstore to buy tickets during opening hours or ring 0118 968 1313. Please click here to refer to our Christmas opening times.

Match officials


James Linington will take charge of this one; his first game at Madejski Stadium since the opening day of the season, when Sheffield Wednesday were 3-1 winners despite the late dismissal of goalkeeper Keiren Westwood. He took charge of QPR’s game away at Fulham last month, in which the Cottagers came from behind to win 2-1.

Lee Venamore and Mark Pottage are assistants and Christopher Sargin is the fourth official.

Food & drink

Make sure you follow @bluecollarfood on Twitter to find out their latest news, where they’ll be announcing what fantastic food outlets will be located where for the first fixture.

Also, please note that for the 2019-20 season, we are prioritising contactless card payments on kiosks within the concourses at Madejski Stadium - meaning quicker service for all. There will be only one cash till per kiosk so please ensure you have card payment if possible.

Pre-match chat


Mark Bowen: “I told the guys: not too many Quality Street, and lay off the mince pies. We have a big game here on Boxing Day against QPR.

“We will train on Christmas morning, and then on Boxing Day we’ll do some light work in the morning, have lunch, relax in the afternoon and get ready for the evening kick-off.”

Read the full interview here.

EFL clubs united in tackling discrimination

The EFL and EFL Clubs are united in tackling discrimination and prejudiced behaviour in all its forms and are reminding supporters that no forms of abuse will be tolerated ahead of this weekend’s fixtures.

Everyone attending or taking part in a football match has the right to feel safe, valued and included and supporters are therefore being reminded of the positive steps that can be taken on matchdays.

The EFL have suggested a protocol for supporters to follow if you ever find yourself needing to report discrimination of any form at a match, which you can find by clicking here.


We wish to politely remind supporters that the football club is responsible for their conduct at all matches (home or away) and any person committing a football-related offence or involved in serious misconduct at any match will result in a club ban. Examples of serious misconduct include discriminatory, offensive or abusive chanting, entering the pitch, persistent standing and throwing a missile. Supporters witnessing any incidents of serious misconduct are encouraged to report this to the football club by texting 80800, beginning your message with the word SAFE.

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Match Reports

Swift's stunner a worthy match-winner on Boxing Day

Midfielder's stunner hands Royals the points

26 December 2019

A goal of the highest quality by John Swift was the difference between Reading and Queens Park Rangers, as it ended 1-0 in the Royals’ favour on Boxing Day.

A sumptuous, unsavable half-volley from the edge of the area on the midfielder’s return to the starting line-up was worthy of being the match-winner – and so it proved come the final whistle as Reading brought up the mid-point of their league season.

There were two changes to the Royals’ starting XI for the late Boxing Day kick-off – John Swift and Pelé each returned to the starting line-up, while Matt Miazga, Jordan Obita, Danny Loader and Michael Olise all returned to the bench.

Possession belonged almost exclusively to the Royals in the early exchanges – players looking confident in possession and with their passing.

And twice in a matter of seconds, Joe Lumley came to the rescue to preserve parity – Ovie Ejaria forced a flying save from the stopper as he steamed onto a Chris Gunter cut-back, and then he palmed away Swift’s follow-up from 25 yards; another fierce effort which needed keeping out.

Full-back Gunter, ever willing to get forward in support of the attack, could have opened the scoring in spectacular fashion. It was a bold burst inside from the Welshman, riding a challenge and playing into the feet of Lucas João, before lashing with his left foot on the return. Not far over.


QPR’s chances were few and far between – Eberechi Eze was wildly off target with a long-range free-kick after Pelé had knocked down Bright Osayi-Samuel on a Rangers counter.

João had a half-hearted penalty appeal waved away after he tried to pirouette onto a ball inside from Tyler Blackett – Geoff Cameron deemed not to have committed any offence the ref. Then João threaded a straight ball into the overlapping Swift, but marginally overhit and meaning the midfielder’s shot came from a narrow angle, allowing Lumley to collect.

The travelling fans had a brief moment of elation, which was quickly quashed by a raised flag. It was simple enough stuff as Osayi-Samuel, who had gone over to the right flank, was released clean through – but Jordan Hugill hadn’t held his run and was a yard offside as he turned in a low cross.


There were signs of life from Rangers; Eze had spot-kick shouts turned down when he ran into Liam Moore in the Royals' box, shortly after QPR skipper Grant Hall had headed wide from a corner.

Pelé and Adam each delivered teasing crosses which Yakou Méïté and João were each in turn close to getting onto the end of – at the break, it had been mostly Reading but the scoresheet was blank.

Half-time: Reading 0-0 Queens Park Rangers

The Royals' positive intent carried over into the second half, and Adam's clever drop of a shoulder bought him space to fire in a cross, which found João in the middle - but the offside flag was up as he received.

But when the breakthrough came, it was nothing short of stunning - one of the goals which we'll see over and over again.

A corner came in from the left; the headed clearance only came as far as Swift on the edge of the area, who took one touch to control before rifling in a half-volley which, at full stretch, Lumley could do nothing about. Right into the angle of bar and post - simply unstoppable by Swift.


One could have become two as the Royals played their way out of danger to set up an attack. João sprayed a pass wide, and stormed into the box to get on the end of Gunter's delivery - marginally over with the header.

Then Rangers could consider themselves unlucky not to level things up through danger-man Eze - he blistered inside with the ball from the left and spun onto Osayi-Samuel's cut-back, but Michael Morrison cleared off the line and Tyler Blackett poked away before a rebound could be stabbed in.

It took untul the 73rd minute before the first yellow card was brandished; Gunter took one for the team as Eze threatened to stride into the area. It was Eze who took the resultant free-kick but missed high and wide of Rafael's goal.

QPR were committing men forward in search of the equaliser; Reading were having to batten down the hatches and hold onto what they had. And they came within the crossbar's width of going level through sub Ilias Chair, who cut inside from the right and thundered against the woodwork. It bounced down and just on the right side of the bar, from a Royals' point of view.

Creative duo Swift and Ejaria made way for Olise and Lucas Boyé in the closing stages as the Royals looked to maintain the lead. And in the 90th minute, it was a frankly unbelievable save by Rafael which denied Hugill a headed goal from point-blank range as he arrived unchecked at the far post.

Through a late barrage of attacks from the visitors, the Royals stood strong and held out for a clean sheet and a well-merited three points.

Full-time: Reading 1-0 Queens Park Rangers

Reading: Rafael, Gunter, Morrison, Moore (c), Blackett, Pelé, Adam (Rinomhota 75), Ejaria (Boyé 85), Swift (Olise 84), Méïté, João.
Unused subs: Walker, Miazga, Obita, Loader.
Goal: Swift (52).
Yellow: Gunter.

Queens Park Rangers: Lumley, Kane, Hall (c), Cameron (Smith 68), Pugh (Chair 61), Amos, Hugill, Eze, Manning, Osayi-Samuel (Wells 83), Leistner.
Unused subs: Wallace, Scowan, Ball, Barnes.

Attendance: 12,495 (1,351 away).

Referee: Mr J Linington

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